Four MiG-29 fighters of the Polish Air Force will land at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in the northern city of Šiauliai on Thursday to join the Baltic air policing mission.
© KAM

The Polish contribution will reinforce the mission carried out by an Italian air contingent.

The new Poland’s contingent will arrive from their permanent base at the 23rd Tactical Minsk-Mazowiecki Air Base, Poland, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence said.

The over 100-strong contingent is manned according to a model similar to the Italian contingent to include pilots, engineers, medical personnel, provision elements, specialists of communications and other areas.

Poland ’s military will be ensuring the security of the Baltic airspace for the sixth time. Poland conducted its most recent rotation of the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission in May- August 2014 Poland as the lead nation of the mission.

Italian troops deployed with four Eurofighter Typhoon fighters jets in Šiauliai took charge as the current rotation of the NATO Baltic air policing mission 1 January 2015.

NATO has been sending troops and air assets to guard the eastern border of NATO since March 2004 when Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia entered the Alliance.

Until the Russian annexation of Crimea, the mission was usually carried out by four fighter jets from Šiauliai. This year, the number of jets in Lithuania doubled, with the mission also performed from Estonia and Poland.

NATO fighter jets were scrambled around 150 times last year to identify and accompany Russian military planes flying near the Baltic states, which is three times more than the previous year.

BNS
Naujienų agentūros BNS informaciją skelbti, cituoti ar kitaip atgaminti visuomenės informavimo priemonėse bei interneto tinklalapiuose be raštiško UAB "BNS" sutikimo neleidžiama.

Nauseda tops Lithuania's approval ratings

President-elect Gitanas Nauseda is the most favored politician in Lithuania, according to the latest...

Government proposes introducing equal university admission criteria

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday put before the country's parliament amendments on setting equal...

Over 500 children born in Lithuania after assisted insemination

521 children have been born after assisted insemination in Lithuania over the past two years,...

Number of road traffic victims goes down

The number of road traffic victims in Lithuania has gone down at the fastest rate in the European...

Lukiskes prison to be moved out of Vilnius in July

Lukiskes Remand Prison , situated in central Vilnius , will be vacated in early July, six months...